How to Publish Arctos Data to the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS)
Beyond Arctos Documentation
The following are the steps that Phyllis Sharp took to prepare DMNS:Inv data for inclusion in OBIS.
Before Publication to OBIS
Get data cleaned up and respond to specific questions from Abby Benson at OBIS.
The DMNS:Inv clean-up included:
- Checking all scientific names against WoRMS and updating invalid names. Abby prepared a list of names with no match in WoRMS or that were invalid. Most of those with no match were terrestrial species but all invalid names were updated.
- Geolocating where possible as records without decimalLatitude and decimalLongitude are excluded.
- Reviewing Abby’s list of non-marine lots for reasonableness. WoRMS associates all taxon names with its Environment so only those with Marine or Brackish environments are included.
- Adding Individual Count to all records.
Once the cleanup and coordination with Abby are complete, notify David Bloom at VertNet which collection(s) are to be added/published to OBIS. After the initial publication, monthly publication should be automatic. If any issues arise with publication, please file an issue in the Arctos main repo.
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